Richard Pearson Thomas
Songs from New York
November 12, 2011

Richard Pearson Thomas has the heart and soul of the quintessential New York musician. Audra McDonald, Sanford Sylvan, Lauren Flanagan and Kurt Ollmann have all sung his praises, and his music. His musicals are performed off Broadway, and his songs have been sung at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Joe’s Pub, and before the U.S. Congress. Come to the Court to hear our own eclectic selection of Richard’s music performed with his brilliant Trillium Ensemble collaborators, California based soprano, Patricia Prunty and New York based baritone, Bruce Rameker. The group’s performance tastes and varied styles range from the most popular theatricality to purely classical, and from the humorous to the profound. Discover a whole new world of exciting music in this east coast meets west coast cabaret of original songs composed by Thomas.

Richard Pearson Thomas is a composer and pianist, who has had works performed by the Boston Pops, Covent Garden Festival, Houston Grand Opera, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Chautauqua Opera, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Banff Centre, Skylight Opera Theatre, Encompass Opera Theatre, Portland Opera, and the Riverside Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. He is a frequent collaborator with The Mirror Visions Ensemble which has performed his commissioned works in the United States and Europe. Mr. Thomas is currently on faculty at Teachers College/Columbia University and has taught at Yale and the University of Central Florida. His work with children as composer-in-residence of the Gold Opera Project was featured on CBS’ “The Early Show,” and singled out for praise by President Clinton.

As a pianist, Mr. Thomas has concertized with singers worldwide. He is a member of the South Country Concerts chamber music ensemble on Long Island, and is music advisor for the Phoenix Quartet. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California.

$25 in advance / $30 at door / $20 students

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